Birds Tissue Preparation

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The Ornithology range collects and receives bird specimens and stores them in a -20 C freezer until they can be processed and integrated in the GRR.

The preparation of specimens consists of obtaining the skin, the skeleton, and the tissues. In this process, additional biological data for the specimen (e.g., approximate age) are obtained and integrated in the database. Normally two sets of tissue samples are prepared from the liver, heart, and muscle; occasionally these samples are preserved in saline solution, but normally no buffer or preservative are used. One tissue sample remains in the GRR at Florida Museum, and the second one is sent to the tissue collection of LSU.

The tissue collection grows by approximately 20 bird specimens per week.